THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Thread

Home // Forums // Movies // THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Thread

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 29 total)
Created
5 years ago
Last Reply
5 years ago
28
replies
1488
views
16
users
3
3
3
  • BamaEd75
    Member
    Joined:
    Sep 25th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #70172

    I haven’t seen a thread for this movie. If there is one, feel free to let me know.

    So far, this movie has gotten some good reviews. I know it won’t get a lot of major love, but I think it could be in discussion for Adapted Screenplay and I would love to see Ezra Miller get some talk for supporting actor.

    I loved the book, I’ve read it twice. I saw the movie this afternoon and I was very impressed with it. Anyone else seen it?

    Reply
    Tye-Grr
    Member
    Joined:
    Nov 5th, 2010
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #70174

    I just saw it today. I haven’t read the book, but I can tell you that I too was impressed with the film. I think it avoided most of the sappy cliches that usually plague films about coming of age or about being a high school misfit, and I was very surprised by how honest it was regarding those feelings you have in your youth about fitting in or the anxiety that comes with the fear that someone will discover any dark secrets you harbor… That you’ll be judged or condemned. Chbosky’s directing and especially his screenplay were better than I anticipated, and the whole cast was perfect, even small roles by Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd, and Melanie Lynskey left an impression on me. Watson was very good as Sam, displaying the carefree nature of the character while still showing how insecure she was on the inside. But I was most impressed by Ezra Miller as Patrick and especially Logan Lerman as Charlie. Miller showed a lot of potential last year in ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’, but he was sensational in this. Patrick is a great character but one that could’ve been played very broad and over-the-top in the wrong hands, but Miller kept him honest and grounded, despite the flamboyance. And Lerman was truly a revelation, carrying the film and most of the emotional weight on his shoulders, all while playing a character that needed a subtle and delicate touch without losing all of the emotions, the rage and fear, that simmered underneath the surface. Charlie could’ve come off as a dull or boring character, but I was always engaged by Lerman’s performance. I had previously only seen him in ‘3:10 To Yuma’ where he was solid, and ‘Percy Jackson’, where he (and the film) were instantly forgettable, so I didn’t know what to expect from him here. Now I’m looking forward to what should be a bright future for him. I saw the film with my brothers and both of them also loved it. I’d definitely recommend it.

    ReplyCopy URL
    Miss Frost
    Member
    Joined:
    Sep 14th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #70175

    Ugh I am dying to see this film! The book was fantastic, and if the material delivers it may get an adapted screenplay nod.

    ReplyCopy URL
    Miss Frost
    Member
    Joined:
    Sep 14th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #70176

    Finally got the chance to see this film today. After months and months of anticipation, I must say I was surprisingly not let down. This film was very well adapted to the novel (save a good handful of scenes were cut out, though it can be argued that it wasn’t plotful to the story.) Lerman, Miller, Watson, and Whitman gave terrific performances, actually taking on their characters with full craft and skill. Emma Watson really made a great departure from her previous Potter films (though its a shame they took out most of her dynamic moments that were in the book), and Miller really took on his character brilliantly. I have never been the biggest fan of Logan Lerman (though I have always thought he was cute.) really was excellent in this film, pulling off a very complicated character adapted from the book. Lerman, Watson, and Miller are all very worthy of nominations, though this film’s greatest chance of a nomination is Adapted Screenplay.

    ReplyCopy URL
    OnTheAisle
    Participant
    Joined:
    Sep 19th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #70177

    Without question, this is the finest film I have seen in many years. It has the remarkable ability to transcend cinema and speak to the idea of shame while miraculously insuring that the audience understands we can heal.

    ReplyCopy URL
    samortan
    Member
    Joined:
    Oct 8th, 2012
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #70178

    The story of this movie comes out to be clear
    quite a bit from the title of the movie itself but only uto some extent. If you
    have the intense desire to make it clearly visible to you than you have to opt
    to Watch The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Online.

    ReplyCopy URL
    babypook
    Participant
    Joined:
    Nov 4th, 2010
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #70179

    This is opening in my area tomorrow! But then, so is Argo. I really want to support Stephen Chbosky’s film and television work, so I will see it eventually. Alas, I have sorely neglected reading these types of novels.

    ReplyCopy URL
    Boidiva02
    Participant
    Joined:
    May 24th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #70180

    I am such a fan of the book but I am so afraid to see this movie. I just hope they didn’t butcher the quality that was in the book.   I’m afraid some of the more edgy or racy scenes (such as references to bisexuality, homosexuality and drug use, as well as abortion and domestic violence) would be cut out.

    I just hope they didn’t sanatize it.

    ReplyCopy URL
    manakamana
    Participant
    Joined:
    Jul 28th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #70181

    I thought it was really underrated, especially Logan Lerman’s performance. Unfortunately I don’t think it’ll be much of a contender in any cataegory, but Lerman, Miller and its Screenplay would certainly deserve to be.

    ReplyCopy URL
    RJ
    Participant
    Joined:
    May 28th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #70182

    I finally got myself out to a theater this afternoon to check this one out. And I am so glad I that I did. The Perks of Being a Wallflower transports you immediately back to your high school years, whether they took place in the same era as these characters’ (circa 1991) or not. The littlest things never mattered so much, the most important person in your life was yourself, and the future held nothing but endless possibility. This film aches for a time when life’s complications were decidedly simpler.

    What Chbosky may lack in directorial acumen, he more than makes up for with how warmly and lovingly he embraces these characters and their journeys. There are other directors who could have done more visually, or who could have better navigated the tonal changes of the film’s closing act; but there are clearly none for whom this would have been as personal a project. Chbosky created these characters, and, having given them life on the page, in the collective consciousness of millions of American teens, and now onscreen, his affection for them bleeds into every frame of the film. The film is full of characters who make mistakes, but who find a way to forgive each other and to allow us to forgive them. From the beginning, we know who they are and who they want to be, and even when they disappoint us, we are still on their side until the end. This is more than a well-directed film with an excellent script; it resonates on too many levels to be summed up just in that way. 

    The acting is uniformly superb. This is by far the best Emma Watson has ever been onscreen. Yes, her accent is a little clunky at times, but Watson lets go in a way no other director has previously been able to capture on film. There is a rawness to her line deliveries, sideways glances, and teary-eyed smiles that coalesces into the most complete characterization she’s accomplished thus far in her (admittedly young) career. She had eight films to endear you to Hermione, but her Sam here erases any memory of the mousy, British witch. Mae Whitman, too, is a wondrous presence throughout the film. She shades her character’s precocious cynicism with a heartbreakingly earnest fear of rejection that makes her at once too wise and too naive for her age.

    Much has, deservingly, already been written about Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller’s performances, but it bears repeating how exceptional they truly are. Lerman takes a frustratingly internalized character and finds ways to express his inner struggles and feelings without betraying the nature of the character. He has to hold this film together, and the film’s final revelation simply would not work had Lerman not (more than) adequately laid the groundwork. Miller, on the other hand, exudes charisma with every little gesture. The way in which he invites Lerman’s Charlie to sit with him at the first football game, the toast he raises to Charlie, their conversation in the hallway: I’ve never been so spontaneously moved to tears from such small moments.

    The film has unfortunately little headed its way during the upcoming awards circuit. I’m keeping my fingers crossed Miller gets at least BFCA (Young Actor) and Indie Spirit (Supporting Male) nods to add to his resume. Anything more would be wishful thinking, but he’s eminently deserving.

    ReplyCopy URL
    Denis
    Participant
    Joined:
    Oct 14th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #70183

    I heard about this new movie with Emma Watson and Ezra Miller and I ran to watch it as fast as I could, as a big fan of harry potter and a huge fan of Ezra Miller’s  work on the previous “We Need to Talk About Kevin”, I really liked this movie, I haven’t read the book, but I thought the script was really impressive and the acting is really top notch. I thought Miller deserved a supporting actor nod last year, and this year I think he deserves it even more, It’s such a shame he has been ignored so far for almost every award,  who knows we don’t get his surprise nod ?? Lerman’s performance was very good, just like Miller he has a huge future ahead of him if he keeps this level of acting, also, I connected right away with Emma Watson’s character, memorable performance, I really hope this movie make it to adapted screenplay, since it’s chances are very short at the acting field.

    Grade: A

    ReplyCopy URL
    Miss Frost
    Member
    Joined:
    Sep 14th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #70184

    I actually think this film is a lock for Adapted Screenplay and much deserved I’d say.

    ReplyCopy URL
    Tye-Grr
    Member
    Joined:
    Nov 5th, 2010
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #70185

    EW.com is doing a “Consider This” series where they ask previous Oscar winners and nominees what films or performances they’re really passionate about this year. James Franco kicked off the series by gushing about ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’. Here’s the letter he wrote:

    It’s hard to do a film about high school nowadays and not have it suck.

    There are so many television shows that, on a weekly basis, use and exhaust all there is to mine from that time of life: bullies, outcasts, jocks, artsy kids, falling in love for the first time, doing everything for the first time, realizing the adult world is just as flawed as the teenage world, figuring out who you want to be, learning how to fight for the person you want to be, etc.

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower somehow stands apart and feels relevant. I think more than anything it is the characters and the acting that pulls this movie through. It’s not as if the character types are anything we haven’t seen before, but here they are portrayed with such honesty and vitality that they rise above cliché and feel true.

    I know that Emma Watson fought to get this film made, and that Stephen Chbosky was a first-time director adapting his own book, meaning that there was a lot of personal investment in this project, and it shows; it shows in the love that emanates from the characters and how they’re depicted.

    You can feel the actors actually falling for each other and creating a supportive world around themselves that they are gracious enough to share with audiences; they are young actors experiencing something real and we get to watch. When Logan Lerman’s character falls into a relationship with a girl he doesn’t even like [played by Mae Whitman] I want to say, “I know that! I’ve experienced that!” When Emma Watson’s character turns out to be the school slut, I want to instantly befriend her. And Ezra Miller, well he makes me want to be gay, his character is so full of vitality.

    High school is a time and place that can be done so wrong, but these wallflowers do it so right. They embrace the outcasts, and they don’t shy away from the hard issues teens face: sex, drugs, suicide, mental illness; and they capture the beauty of youth: friendship, love, creativity.

    – James Franco

    http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/12/17/consider-this-james-franco-on-the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower/

      

    ReplyCopy URL
    Graeme O’Neil
    Member
    Joined:
    Sep 28th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #70186

    Yeah, this is a solid film. It goes to typical places, but it was really the last 15 minutes that took this film up a level to me and made it something special. Loved that final bedroom scene between Lerman and Watson. Lerman was particularly outstanding in this movie. I had no idea he had this in him. Ezra Miller was fantastic as well.
    I actually typed out Lerman’s final voiceover for the film. I loved it.

    Only fault I’d give the film is the distraction of having Kate Walsh and Dylan McDermott as his parents. It was distracting to have such big names in absolutely nothing roles. They appeared onscreen for like 5 seconds at a time. Even more distracting when you have the revelation about his family at the end, and you wish you got a little more of their side of the story. 

    ReplyCopy URL
    Logan
    Participant
    Joined:
    Oct 11th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #70187

    “I know that! I’ve experienced that!” When Emma Watson’s character turns out to be the school slut, I want to instantly befriend her. And Ezra Miller, well he makes me want to be gay, his character is so full of vitality.

    High school is a time and place that can be done so wrong, but these wallflowers do it so right. They embrace the outcasts, and they don’t shy away from the hard issues teens face: sex, drugs, suicide, mental illness; and they capture the beauty of youth: friendship, love, creativity.

    – James Franco

    WTF?

       
    http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/12/17/consider-this-james-franco-on-the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower/
      [/quote]

    ReplyCopy URL
Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 29 total)
Reply To: THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Thread

You can use BBCodes to format your content.
Your account can't use Advanced BBCodes, they will be stripped before saving.

Similar Topics
M - Sep 24, 2017
Movies
keithw - Sep 23, 2017
Movies